Thursday, September 09, 2004

Burke on Dissent

Michael Gilleland sent me the following quotation from Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France apropos of yesterday's post On Dissent. Perhaps my line about dissenting from the fetishizers of dissent put Gilleland in mind of the Burkean passage.

His zeal is of a curious character. It is not for the propagation of his own opinions, but of any opinions. It is not for the diffusion of truth, but for the spreading of contradiction. Let the noble teachers but dissent, it is no matter from whom or from what.

Those of my readers who have yet to visit Dr. Gilleland's site should not forego the pleasure any longer. This morning he has a great post on beards and barbarians in which he exposes a pseudo-etymology.